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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Refreshing Grewia Asiatica/ Falsay Juice

Grewia Asiatica popularly known as Falsay in Asia. They are small berries that taste sweet and sour at the same time. The squash or juice is prepared from its pulp as it acts as a cooling agent during summers. They are rich in vitamin C, calcium and if consumed regularly during the summers it can protect you from hot weather related health problems. I usually eat this small purple fruit by sprinkling a dash of coarse salt during hot and sticky June afternoons, it purifies blood and reduces my digestive problems.

Well, living in a Asian country where we enjoy all sorts of fresh fruits, unique beverages and delicious street food. Grewia Asiatica or Falsay was one of those treats I never forgot. I actually searched its recipe but couldn't find one. Just last week, I found out my aunt makes this all the time! So, thanks to my aunt, you too can prepare this sweet and tangy Grewia Asiatica juice in summers at home!



This makes a large amount and it is great for your backyard parties. I am a berry lover so this juice is an added bonus for me. It is made with clean and light ingredients and you can definitely include this drink in your water diet plan! I usually freeze it in the summer for an awesome berry Popsicle for my niece and nephew.

I did this with water instead of using soda or sprite to give you a healthier option and it just tasted as good as the soda version. 

Refreshing Grewia Asiatica Juice

Refreshing Grewia Asiatica Falsay Juice Recipe
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 2-3 persons

Ingredients
Grewia Asiatica Falsay

1 cup washed Grewia Asiatica or Falsay
3-4 tablespoons Sugar or Honey, any option available to you
2 cups Water
1/2 teaspoon Black Salt  
1/2 cup Ice cubes

Method:
  • In a blender, add 2 cups of water and 3 tablespoons of honey. Blend for a few seconds. Now add falsay and 1/2 cup ice cubes and blend together into a smooth and thin consistency.
  • Add black salt or salt to taste and adjust the spice and sweetness as desired. Pour it in a bowl passing through the strainer and throw away the fibrous leftover from the strainer. 
  • Remove the juice in a jar and refrigerate. Pour it in a serving glass. Serve chilled.
Drink up and Enjoy!


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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Onion or Pyaaz

Onions!! I am sure this bulb-vegetable is ruling your kitchenette like it is already a part of my mains. We all have exerted in piling up onions because of its antisocial nature with best-loved and comforting “potatoes”. Potatoes if put together with onions in the refrigerator or rack usually brings down the quality, I have always stored these enemy root vegetables differently for the win-win shot, storing them in an open punnet doubles their shelf life to two weeks. Amazing!

Onion OR Pyaaz Health And Beauty Benefits

I favor to use onions in almost every single recipe’s considering with the list of salads or snacks, take it fried or fresh, we just love it! Our winning large servings and rice meals are merely imperfect without the rich appendage of onions. Not only does it add extra kick to our food, but it generously benefits us in other ways too! Do you know some? Share it with us if any. Well, let me name some of the few. Onions can play a bumper part in promising enjoyable beauty regime. I followed the natural ways and it turned out a total hit for me.

My family is super enrapt with healthy eating cravings tricking nature’s elements in every possible way from inside to outside! I have even shared a Recipe of spring onions because of its crazy health value. Onions helps us to stay away from infections because of its antibiotic and antimicrobial properties. I am hyper sensitive since the spring time of my life making difficult for mama to treat my minor conditions of fever or infections, which pushed her to try the natural herbs from the knowledge she had gathered. I was not keen on trying but despite this I wanted to travel this journey as they have proven great on my skin and hair. I discovered that natural elements work effectively beyond my imagination, woven in the adventures of nature’s gift.

Mama has always pointed me to follow chemical free goodies in treating my body and skin problems, as natural ingredients have always turned out exceptionally great in restoring my health and skin issues. Onion can help in keeping your skin smooth and even. Whenever, I have a bad skin day, I apply a paste made up of onion juice and turmeric powder. Leave this paste for 5-8 minutes and apply it after every 15 days and feel the magic. This face pack has always beautified my skin appearance and complexion by boosting the blood circulation.

Onion juice also adds magic in hair growth and other scalp issues, even though the smell is uncomforting and strong, but believe me! The end result isn’t bad at all! I love to apply its juice all over my hair resulting in amazing thickening and corrections! Try out by yourself by simply mixing equal amount of onion juice, honey, olive oil and apply its paste all over your hair and scalp. Shampoo your hair after 45 minutes. This mixture will surely enhance your scalp blood circulation.

Do share with us if you are using onions in treating other health or skin issues. We'll be glad to follow few other tips as well, for the well-being of our health! Your ideas and solutions are always welcomed on our website!

Monday, June 20, 2016

Garlic


Garlic is one of the most loved herb in Asian houses. It is majorly used in cooking and other herbal treatments. Garlic paste is one of the essential ingredient in my food recipe's maybe because of its strong smell, delicious taste and numerous health benefits. When health is concerned, I do not compromise on healthy food ingredients. I always try to adjust healthy ingredients in my recipe's. My mom has always advised me with a mantra that cook in such a way that your tongue and health both gets satisfied with it.

Garlic Or Lehsan Health And Beauty Benefits

Coming back to "Garlic"!

Why Garlic is considered so important in Asia?

Cooked garlic still adds a lot of value. So, kill all types of diseases with a regular intake of garlic in your diet. I usually make ginger and garlic paste in advance and keep it refrigerated for a longer run. This idea saves a lot of time. Just blend garlic with a little water into a fine paste and add 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1 teaspoon of cooking oil. Freeze this paste immediately and use it whenever needed. 

Garlic is highly effective in killing some of the most common infections like cold and ear infections. You can simply add chopped garlic into your vegetable or chicken soup with whole spices to get rid of a cold or flu. Add whole garlic cloves or garlic paste or powders it will compliment most soups and sauces. I always heat 2 tablespoon of mustard oil with 2-3 garlic cloves and I use this garlic oil for ear infections. This is an excellent home remedy.

Dada - being a heart patient, he is unbelievably fit and handsome! God blesses him with more healthy life. He manages to eat at least 1-2 peeled and roasted garlic cloves everyday before hitting the dinner table, this little ingredient if consumed regularly can prevent heart disease caused by clogged arteries. Surely it is a magical item!

Another treatment I follow occasionally is my personal fave garlic oil, the idea came from one of my office mate. She had a tremendous change in her hair texture and her hair care secret was Garlic oil! She advised me to follow this weekly regime and it really worked great on me as well. This oil is easy to make and it can last for maximum 20 days, if prepared at home. Simply heat coconut oil, few curry leaves and 8-10 garlic cloves. Heat it for 5-8 minutes under a low flame. Turn off the flame and pour the oil mixture in a glass bottle. Bring it to room temperature and apply it on your scalp. Whenever I have a dandruff issue, I apply garlic oil on my scalp and leave it for just 4 hours before shampoo. I feel relaxed and surprisingly, this hair oil is of lighter weight than other oils. 

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Pan Fried Chicken With Rich & Creamy Sauce/ Malai Chicken Boti Recipe

This recipe reminds me of summers in Mumbai, when our schools would close, mama and I would take the coach to Ahmadabad to spend time with my nana and nanny. Where my nanny would prepare meals, presenting large platters of fragrant methi malai matar,  stuffed eggplant masala, chapatis hot from the griddle, fresh green salads, drinks included chilled buttermilk and orange juice with sweet moramba. After lunch family would retire to the nanny's bedroom for cups of tea and conversations. Tales from my mama's wedding and embarrassing details of our childhood was recounted!


Coming from a veg family, mama would make malai paneer or malai/cream kofta where cottage cheese or panner was made at home by curdling boiled milk. Cottage cheese would be a token vegetable dish, usually malai paneer. Malai paneer would be soft and creamy bite size paneer serve hot with naan or vegetable pulav. This was the most delicious thing to be had at home.

After my marriage, I got introduced to a non-veg style of malai chicken and this dish had a different charm. They were same bite size, soft, tender and delicate, it blended perfectly well with hot parathas, mint and tamarind chutney and onion salad. The opportunity to learn how to make malai boti chicken or creamy chicken cubes presented itself from my loving aunt when we had her over for a tea. My aunt has a specialty of cooking chicken in cream and nuts. I have adapted some of her cooking tips in this recipe to add a creamy and spicy taste in chicken.

This recipe is a lovely combination of greens and whites, I mean green chilies and cream with easily available spices. This is my first recipe on the blog, where I have completely ignored using red chilies in my dish. Like always, I have noted down my mama's veg malai paneer recipe and my aunt's malai chicken recipe, and I have combined the two classics into one tasty treat.

This chicken meal is instant, easy, juicy, flavorful and an obsessed recipe! Simply grab a chicken breast and cut them into cubes, marinate it with fresh coriander leaves, green chilies paste and spices, fry them or BBQ them and enjoy its tender and delicious taste. The longer you marinate the better are the results.

I served these with paratha's, onion salad, tamarind and yogurt chutney.

Pan Fried Chicken With Rich & Creamy Sauce/ Malai Chicken Boti Recipe       

Pan Fried Chicken In Cream Sauce Malai Chicken Boti Food Recipe

Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Serves: 2-3 persons

Ingredients:
12-14 boneless chicken pieces
1 teaspoon cumin powder
1/2 teaspoon garam masala powder or all-spice powder
1/2 teaspoon black pepper powder
1 tablespoon ginger paste
1 tablespoon garlic paste
2 teaspoons green chili paste
1/4 teaspoon tenderizer 
4 tablespoons cream
2 tablespoons yogurt
2-3 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves
1 tablespoon vinegar
1 teaspoon cornflour
1/2 cup cheddar cheese, optional
Salt to taste

Method: 
Pan Fried Creamy Chicken, Malai Chicken Boti
  • In a bowl, Cut chicken breast into cubes and place them in a shallow dish. Now, combine 1 teaspoon cumin powder, 1/2 teaspoon garam masala powder, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper powder, 1 tablespoon ginger paste, 1 tablespoon garlic paste, 2 teaspoons green chili paste, 1/4 teaspoon meat tenderizer, 2-3 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves, 1 tablespoon vinegar, 1 teaspoon cornflour and salt to taste. Mix properly so that all the spices penetrates into the chicken pieces during the marination process.
  • Now add 4 tablespoons cream and 2 tablespoons yogurt. Mix and marinate chicken overnight or 2-3 hours. 
  • You can adjust green chilies if you're doing it for your kids.
  • In a pan, heat cooking oil and cook marinated chicken pieces on a medium flame until chicken pieces are tender and cooked evenly from all sides.
  • You can even skew it on skewers and BBQ chicken pieces to add smoky flavor to it.
  • Garnish with cheddar cheese and Serve hot with paratha's or roti's and a big bowl of salads. I personally prefer creamy chicken with noodles or pasta and it just blends perfectly! Hope you enjoy!
You can even freeze the marinated chicken mixture for 1-2 days for a quick weekend dinner. If you're planning to marinate it for more than a day, then skip adding meat or chicken tenderizer!

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Turmeric or Haldi

I have made this small space "Essential" for you guys so that I can share my family health secrets. Well! Secrets that will help your body to stay fit and healthy in a natural or herbal way.

My mom always tried her best to keep us healthy by using different types of herbs and spices available in the pantry. Every day, I will be sharing one health benefit of the ingredients and I hope you too start using one of them in your daily routine. I am sure you'll gradually feel the change like I did.

Why is "Turmeric" or "Haldi" so Essential for our body!!

Turmeric Haldi Health And Beauty Benefits

If you're following my recipe's for a while, you might have noticed that I use this super spice in almost every recipe. This yellow spice holds a very special place in Indian houses. For me, it is a magical herb or spice that kills yeast and parasites when used internally.

Turmeric does wonders to reduce pain or any kind of swelling. I have experienced relief after applying warm turmeric paste on my ankle swelling. Simply, heat 1 tablespoon of mustard oil and add turmeric powder and salt. Apply this paste when little warmer, on your swollen ankle or swollen area. You'll surely feel the change.

Turmeric is mainly used in the Indian wedding culture. In olden days, when beauty treatments were not available, the Indians had their own natural way to ensure that a couple looked radiant and special on their wedding day. Till today, turmeric is applied at the bride and groom's place a day before their wedding occasion. This tip is close to my heart as the results are just smashing hit, I  always apply turmeric paste by mixing turmeric powder, milk, sandalwood powder and rose water on my face, neck, hands and feet. This will leave your skin fair and glowing. I love turmeric because of its quick results. 

I majorly use turmeric in my routine schedule and that is in my daily culinary use, once in a week I religiously apply turmeric paste on my face and neck to get rid of tan and dull skin. Every Wednesday I make a face pack by mixing turmeric powder with gram flour, 1 tablespoon of honey and a little cream. Try this and your skin will turn fair, soft and moisturized in the most handy form.

Before going to bed, me and Hashim try to grab a glass of turmeric milk as it normally prevents disease and infections in our body. You simply need to boil milk for about 10 minutes with 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder or 1 inch of turmeric piece, transfer this yummy milk to a glass and serve warm. Turmeric milk or haldi wala doodh is best for kids as turmeric helps in boosting the immune system. Always drink milk with turmeric before going to bed for best results. 

Friday, June 10, 2016

Summer Special!! Watermelon Juice Recipe

It's time to cool down our body to an extent so that we can beat the heat. Nothing can be better than fresh seasonal fruits!. I always try to consume light meals during summers as this hot sunny day kills my mood. A large bowl of fresh salads or grilled fish is always welcome. But a meal is not considered complete until and unless we don't treat ourselves with a glass of fresh fruit juice. My husband has a good habit of drinking fresh juices every day just an hour before dinner. As according to him, If we eat or drink fruit or fruit juices after a meal, it is not rated as a healthy habit. 

Every day we drink different types of smoothie or juices so that we keep our body hydrated. During summers, I always hate chewing fruits or salads maybe because this weather triggers my appetite. So basically, my body is quite happy with fresh fruit juices now a days.

Watermelon is the only perfect hydrating fruit that we have been blessed by nature during summers! Today, I will be sharing with you quite an easy and interesting recipe of watermelon juice that even newbies can try to serve and impress guests or friends! This recipe is an old family recipe that I make during our family get to gathers on every Friday. My in-laws are so impressed by healthy and yummy taste of watermelon juice that even they try to do this every week. 

Since childhood, summer has always bothered me and hence I tend to lose a lot of weight as I always eat less and drink more, but my skin have always been benefited with glowing and fresh results as this watermelon recipe is packed with milk, honey and watermelon of course!

Summer Special!! Watermelon Juice

Watermelon Juice Recipe, Drink

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Serves: 2 persons

Ingredients:
1 big bowl of watermelon chunks
1 cup crushed ice
1-2 cups full cream milk
1 tablespoon of honey
2-3 tablespoons of any red color syrup, I have used 3 tablespoons of roohafza

Method:


Watermelon Cubes In Blender

  • In a blender, add 1 big bowl of watermelon chunks, and 1-2 cups full cream milk. Blend well until it turns into a smooth consistency.
  • Now add 1 tablespoon of honey and crushed ice or ice cubes. You can also add 1/2 cup cream for thick and creamy consistency. I prefer the lighter version of watermelon juice so I have skipped adding cream into it. 
  • Add 2-3 tablespoons of roohafza or any red color of juice syrup available to you. Blend and pour it in a glass. Garnish with watermelon chunks, and Serve chilled. Add vodka to taste, if desired.
I feel light, relaxed and in a happy mood after drinking this sweet and cooling juice. I hope you too feel the same!

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Yummy Mango Milkshake Recipe

My family waits every year for this yellowish pulpy fruit. Mangoes are considered as the king of fruits and yes! It's truly a fruit that wins my family heart either ripe or unripe!. In our Gujarati culture, we try to prepare different types of delicious and freezer friendly ranges from the pickle, side-dish to juices. Mama always makes a sweet and spicy version of the pickle every year so that we can enjoy eating vegetables with pickles during rains. I remember, whenever she used to make pickles and moramba out of raw mangoes, my sister used to grab few pieces of chopped and grated raw mangoes and she enjoyed eating them by just sprinkling gentle amount of salt and chili powder. Believe me, every bite of raw mango will turn hot summers into a fun day. 

I usually prefer eating mangoes where nobody is around but just me. I never peel and chop mangoes, all I do is give a gentle squeeze on each side of mangoes and make a small hole on the top notch of it and enjoy sucking the soft and yummy pulp. Mangoes brings my childhood days back! I always end up spoiling my clothes, fingers and sometimes face with its pulp. 

We have an old Indian tradition of gifting mangoes to our relatives and neighbors as the mango season is considered as a festival in our culture. It feels great when we also receive lots of Alphonso mangoes from my nanny's farm. Now a days, I'm busy freezing mango pulps in plastic bottles so that I can enjoy them later while they are not available in markets. 

My personal favorite mango recipe is mango milkshake. It is easy to make, healthy because of the addition of milk and cream and importantly tummy filling for people like me who could eat a horse!

Today, I will be sharing with you my husband's recipe where you do not have to struggle for lots of ingredients. Keep it simple and enjoy this milkshake every morning so that you stay energetic throughout your busy working day.

Mango Milkshake

Hearty Mango Milkshake Drink Reciipr
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 2 persons

Ingredients:
3 fresh ripe Mangoes
1 cup full cream milk
3-4 tablespoons of cream
1 tablespoon of honey
Few ice cubes 

Method:
Peel And Slice Mangoes Into Cubes
  • Peel the skin of mangoes with the help of a knife or peeler and cut them into cubes. I have used Alphonso mangoes, you can use any type of ripe mangoes available.
  • In a juicer, add chopped mango pieces, 1 cup full cream milk, 3 tablespoons of cream. Add little water if needed. Blend until the consistency turns smooth and thick.
Mango Milkshake Direction
  • Add 1 tablespoon of honey and a few ice cubes and blend well. Adjust the sweetness as desired. We always prefer using honey as a sweetener as it is considered healthier than sugar.
  • Pour immediately into the serving glass, and serve chilled. You can also garnish with a scoop of vanilla or mango flavored ice-cream. 
I usually add tutti frutti and chopped dry fruits whenever I make it for my nephews as they are too fussy for fruits and milk. This can be the best way of hiding all the nutrition in one glass!

Try this recipe and do comment!